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Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Listography - 5 Things I Want To Do This Summer.

Kate Takes 5 is taking a break this week from doing Listography and so it has moved to Keith Takes 5 aka Chronicles of a Reluctant Housedad.

This weeks topic is Things I Want To Do This Summer, so here goes...

1. Get fit/fitter and/or lose weight.

pics taken on my iphone and altered with the fat booth app
the real me is the one on the right!

I am female, therefore it is my right to complain about my weight if I want to.  I have lost weight in the past through determination and hard work in the gym and I believe I can do it again.  So I will!
Given that I work in a school and I am shortly going to have six and a half weeks off school, I really don't have any excuse for not going to the gym.  My plan is to train 3-4 times a week in the gym, take the dog for walks of a decent length every day and I feel like I should throw in the odd swim into the mix as well.

I will blog on my weight loss/get fit campaign later in the summer...only if I am doing well of course.

2. Have a picnic on the beach/park.

My nan used to have a picnic basket very much like the one pictured.  It was in the 80's and had pale blue crockery and cutlery with cream handles.  It must have cost a fortune but I think it was used only once for it's correct purpose, the rest of the time it was infrequently played with by me in the kitchen.
Me and mine very rarely get together and picnic anywhere, let alone on a beach or in a park but maybe,  just maybe this summer I'll get my perfect afternoon:
Family and/or friends, sunshine, Pimms and lemonade, sandwiches, salad, nibbles, a checked blanket and if I find a reasonably priced one, a picnic hamper.  Bliss.

3. Go on holiday.

Pictured here is 'Joan' the van, and 'the accountant', 'baba' and her friend knocking up a washing line on the campsite.
Out of personal choice we send our 'baba' to a very good private school which costs us an arm and a leg.  As a result we haven't had a foreign holiday in six years.  Four years ago we bought our VDub camper (something I've wanted since being a little girl).  We christened her 'Joan' after my late nan and we've had many a happy time in her.  Dependant on point No. 5 we are hoping to revisit West Wales after last years lovely break.  Tenby, St Davids and Saundersfoot are absolutely gorgeous!

4. Make proper evening meals every night.

I love, love, love Jamie Oliver and it's because of him and his array of brilliant books that me and mine eat well...most nights.  I say most because as a working mum I sometimes find it almost impossible to muster up the strength to cook a full evening meal when I get home.  My 'baba' sometimes rustles up a curry, 'the accountant' manages to makes something about four times a year but the brunt of feeding everyone seems to fall on my shoulders.
As I said before, having six weeks or so off work doesn't give me much of an excuse not to cook and when I don't have the pressures of work and time I actually quite enjoy cooking. (Don't tell 'the accountant' that please).

5. Move house.
This is a tricky one because if this happens then all the other things on my list will probably suffer to some degree.  The house we currently live in is rented and the owners are wanting to sell it.  I love this house but living with the uncertainty of how long we can stay here is not great.  I would love to stay here but the idea of de-cluttering and having a fresh start is very appealing.  
Another future blog topic?  Watch this space... 


  1. Oooh, love the camper! Can you come and cook me some Jamie Oliver dinner also? I'm not too far away...In Aus! Goodluck with moving house - stress much?!

  2. Hahaha that top picture is brilliant. I didn't want to be rude and ask which one was the real you, so thanks for captioning it :) Excellent list. Thanks for taking part.

  3. Ah the weight loss and health thing. I'm doing something similar at the moment. Interested to know what happens regarding the move!

  4. Hi Alison,

    Popping in from the Rewind. I envy you for having six weeks plus to do those things that you can't do at other times of the year.

    There's something to be said for having free time when you're at home. Holidays are always filled with activity so you don't really get to do those things you've been putting off. A little time to yourself at home sounds so lovely!


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